The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. As the discussion progressed, how did Euthyphro feel about his decision to prosecute a relative?

2. As a result of his inquiries, Socrates concluded that he was wise in what way?

3. What was Euthyphro's relationship to the victim?

4. What evidence did the Athenian authorities use to accuse Socrates of blasphemy?

5. How did Socrates receive his sentencing?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the context of the dialogue of the same name, what does "apology" mean?

2. How did Socrates respond to people who commented on his great wisdom?

3. Why was the Apollonian Oracle at Delphi created?

4. What does Tarrant warn readers about, regarding Socrates, and the various literary characters based on him?

5. According to the introductory chapter, why have the notes been included with the text of the Socratic dialogues?

6. What does Tarrant say in the introductory notes about other versions of these dialogues?

7. What does Socrates say about his own wisdom?

8. What is "epistemology"?

9. Why is the issue of ethics so confused in the case of Euthyphro and Socrates?

10. Why did Socrates initially pursue his habit of questioning people?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tarrant agrees with the conviction passed down by the Athenian authorities. Do you agree that Socrates was guilty? Why or why not? How do you feel about the fact that he was convicted with only 60 of 500 votes? Did he deserve the death penalty? Why or why not? What do you think would happen to Socrates if he lived today? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

The concept of the soul is a subject of much debate in "The Last Days of Socrates." Compare and contrast the various theories of the soul. What is it? What does it do? Is it eternal, or does it slip into oblivion after death? What is the evidence presented for each theory? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Socrates refuted the idea that he was wise and claimed that the only way in which he might be exceptionally wise is in acknowledging the extent of his own ignorance and uncovering that of others. Do you agree that this is a very specific type of wisdom? Do you agree that this is the only type of wisdom that Socrates possessed? Why or why not? Do you think he was sincere in his assessment of his own ignorance? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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